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Poster: micah6vs8 Date: Apr 29, 2010 9:18am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Drinking Kool-Aid with Joni

A Jonny Whiteside has written a piece named Folk Lies about the Mitchell slap down on Zimmy. I can not tell which article, the original or this, is worse. For all you Dylan haters though, have at it.

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Poster: Dudley Dead Date: Apr 30, 2010 7:56am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Drinking Kool-Aid with Joni

Dylan has always been a "thief", and a very good one at that, but what he does with what he has purloined is the mark his genius . I am always a little surprised, at these people who discover that Dylan's style has roots in other people's work, I mean, where have they been ? Did they think he popped out of the head of Zeus , fully formed like Athena ? Dylan's ( and Garcia's) singing style come from their listening to the great "roots", R&B , country , etc., singers of the past . I t was (is) lack of knowledge of this music, that allows people to be shocked when they hear these influences . People who found (find) is voice grating or rough, never listened to Blind Willie Johnson, or Roscoe Holcom !
It is in the tradition of these "roots" music artists to "steal," and then change it, and then have it stolen by someone else .
Dylan is no God, some of his work is mediocre at best, ( stolen or original !). But when he is on, especially in the classic mid 60's albums , who the FUCK cares what in "unoriginal".
The reason I listen to The Stanley Brothers, The Carter Family, Blind Willie Mc Tell ( how many people checked him out after listening to that song of that name by Dylan?) etc, etc, is because of Dylan ( yes and Jerry Garcia ).
There are exceptional and original things about Dylan, but I think he is no less an artist , if we see him also as a part in the larger "American Roots" tradition.

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Poster: Jobygoob Date: Apr 30, 2010 8:24am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Drinking Kool-Aid with Joni

That article was worthy of a laugh but the fact that the writer was obviously serious makes me wonder what planet he is from. It probably boils down to simple jealousy on Joni's part as well as this Jonny-whoever that blogged the follow up.

This post was modified by Jobygoob on 2010-04-30 15:24:04